Greenberg Traurig's Seth Entin Addresses 'Getting a Fix on Permanent Establishments' as Panel Co-Chair at Paris Conference

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Changes in business models that are bringing increased attention to whether companies have gone beyond the threshold for having taxable permanent establishments in host countries, is just one of the topics tackled by Greenberg Traurig Tax Shareholder Seth J. Entin as the co-chair of and panelist on a panel at the 11th Annual Tax Planning Strategies – U.S. and Europe Conference in Paris, France.

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The conference proved to be an essential gathering for those of us in the international tax arena.

Changes in business models that are bringing increased attention to whether companies have gone beyond the threshold for having taxable permanent establishments in host countries, is just one of the topics tackled by Greenberg Traurig Tax Shareholder Seth J. Entin as the co-chair of and panelist on a panel at the 11th Annual Tax Planning Strategies – U.S. and Europe Conference in Paris, France.

The conference was a unique collaboration of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation, International Fiscal Association (IFA), U.S. and Regional European branches, and the IBA Taxes Committee. For the first time, the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) also cosponsored the event, providing an important debate on OECD initiatives.

Entin's panel focused on an OECD project underway to try to clarify issues of interpretation of Article 5 of the OECD Model Tax Convention. Additionally, the panel explored scenarios that often raise permanent establishment questions, including commissionaire arrangements, subcontracting, and secondment of employees to related companies.

"The conference and the various issues discussed proved to be an essential gathering for those of us in the international tax arena. Having the OECD participate added a deeper perspective to the discussions," said Entin, who served as a panel co-chair. "Additionally, we had the opportunity to look at key issues such as planning through intermediaries, domestic anti-avoidance issues, and increased fiscal transparency."

Entin concentrates his practice in the area of federal income taxation, with an emphasis on international taxation. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500 US and is an Adjunct Professor of International Taxation at the University of Miami School of Law. Entin speaks regularly at national and international tax conferences and is the Director for International Tax of the Florida Bar Tax Section.

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Contact: Lourdes Brezeo Martinez - 212.801.2131 – martinezl(at)gtlaw(dot)com

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